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Court administrative assistant

Court administrative assistants help with the day-to-day running of courts and their supporting offices.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £21,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, to work as an administrative officer in HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Previous office administration or customer service experience will be helpful when looking for work. A qualification that covers office skills could also be useful, although not essential.

You may be able to start as an assistant and work your way up.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You’ll also need to pass basic security checks.

Skills for Justice has more information on this career. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • a calm, understanding and helpful manner
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

Your work would typically include:

  • dealing with enquiries from the public
  • booking dates and times for court hearings
  • allocating cases to courtrooms
  • preparing lists of the day's court sessions and keeping ushers informed
  • making sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork for each case
  • following up the court's decision after a hearing (like issuing court orders)
  • taking notes in court for legal advisers
  • updating the Police National Computer (PNC)
  • updating court electronic systems

If you work in fines and fees, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • collecting fines
  • sending out compensation or maintenance payments
  • producing summonses and helping people to complete forms

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £19,000 to £21,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

In a full-time job you’ll work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. 

You’ll be mainly office-based but will also spend some of your time in the courtroom.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from administrative assistant to administrative officer and then to executive officer or team manager.

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Last updated: 13 September 2017